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Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Location
Wandelaarkaai 7 (entrance: warehouse 48), InnovOcean site, Ostend, PO: 8400 (Belgium)
Structure
Type Of RI
Mobile, Distributed
Coordinating Country
Belgium
Nodes
Provider Country:
Belgium
Marine Station Ostend (MSO) | Oceanographic Research Vessel Simon Stevin (RV Simon Stevin) | RIB Zeekat
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1999
Scientific Description
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) promotes accumulation of marine knowledge and excellence in marine research in Flanders. The marine research areas are the ocean and seas, the coast and the tidal systems. The target groups for knowledge accumulation are the marine research community as well as educational institutions, the general public, policymakers and the industry (within the scope of the blue economy).

RI Keywords
Multidisciplinary, Oceanographic, Marine Observations, Marine, ROV, Marine Research, Research vessel, Marine biology, Marine and coastal research, Marine science
Classifications
RI Category
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Environmental Health Research Facilities
Biological/Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Research Facilities
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
Biological and Medical Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Environment
Health and Food
Services
data or assistance with data management
Scientific Diving Team

VLIZ has a scientific diving team consisting of seven members, supplemented with about five volunteers, all in the possession of the required diving certificates to perform scientific diving operations in the North Sea and the inland waters. The diving team is equipped with modern diving gear and safety equipment.

Equipment
Hamon grab
FlowCAM
Augmented Reality Sandbox
Neuston net
Wilson auto-siever
Core Repository
HydroFIA alkalinity system
Methane sensor
Fluorimeter
Video frame
CTD
Niskin bottle
Water tanks for marine organisms
Cryofreezer - 80°C
Singlebeam sonar
CalCoFi plankton net
Beam Trawl
Cohesive Strength Meter (CSM)
plankton pump
zooSCAN
Fish sorting table
Scatter and transmission meter LISST-100/200X
MIK-net
Gilson Dredge
Vertical plankton net - WP2
Batcorder
Flow cytometer
Go-flo bottle
Reineck box corer
hyperbenthic sledge
Sieving table
Automated Infra-Red Inorganic Carbon Analyzer (AIRICA)
Otter trawl
Van Veen grab
two stereomicroscopes (Leica M80 and M205a)
Multi-transducer sub-bottom echosounder
Apstein net
Bongo net
Fish acoustic receiver network
Aeolian sand transport measuring system
Underway data acquisition system onboard the RV Simon Stevin
Carrousel with six Niskin bottles
Sensor network for large birds
Portable Multibeam Sonar System
Video plankton recorder
Book scanner
Sediment profile imaging (SPI)
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Genesis
Multibeam sonar
Secchi disc
two binocular compound microscopes (Leica DM500 and DM1000)
multi-corer vibrocorer
Tripode
Collaborations
Networks
Eurofleets (FP7)
European Research Vessels Operators (ERVO)
Date of last update: 22/05/2019
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